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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to the media during a press conference on the current situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Topics include the decisions taken by the federal and state governments to combat the Corona pandemic, the Chancellor's upcoming virtual consultations with the heads of state and government of the European Union (EU), and relations with the United States following the inauguration of the new president. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)

Germany's Merkel to discuss Russia pipeline project with US

Jan. 21, 2021 8:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she isn't abandoning a German-Russian gas pipeline project that faces U.S. sanctions, but wants to talk to the new administration about the issue. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea,...

Tugboats get into position on the Russian pipe-laying vessel

Germany approves resuming Russia gas pipeline work

Jan. 15, 2021 8:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities gave permission Friday for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia that's been the target of U.S. sanctions threats. The decision by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency can be appealed, meaning there could be another halt to the...

A thick layer of snow covers the streets of central Helsinki, Finland, making all kinds of travel difficult on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021. The heavy snowfall is predicted to continue until Wednesday in Southern Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland; icy temperatures ahead

Jan. 13, 2021 7:59 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thousands of households across northern Sweden and southern Finland were without power Wednesday after heavy snowfall, and forecasters warned that particularly icy temperatures lay ahead for the Baltic Sea region. In southwestern Finland, around 4,000 households were without power,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 1994 file photo, the bow door of the sunken passenger ferry M/S Estonia is lifted up from the bottom of the sea, off Uto Island, in the Baltic Sea. Sweden's government wants divers to go down to the wreck of one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people, in order to check claims of a large hole in the hull. A 1997 report had concluded that the M/S Estonia _ that was sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm _ sank after the bow door locks failed in a storm, and flatly rejected the theory of a hole, which has long been the focus of speculate on about a possible explosion on board. Sweden's home affairs minister said on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 that the government wants divers to investigate, but gave no timeline for an official dive. (Jaakko Aiikainen/Lehtikuva via AP, File)

Swedes want checks for hull damage in 1994 ferry disaster

Dec. 18, 2020 10:52 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday it wants divers to inspect the wreck of one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people, in order to probe claims of a large hole in the hull. A 1997 report had concluded...

Sweden ups defense budget 40% due to regional tensions

Dec. 15, 2020 12:06 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a 40% increase in the defense budget for 2021-2025 because of tensions in the Baltic Sea region in recent years, with officials saying Russia is the main reason for the move. The 349-member Riksdag assembly approved the largest hike in 70...

Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline are stored on the premises of the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The port of Mukran on the island of Ruegen is considered the most important transhipment point for the construction of the pipeline. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

Russian ships move to resume Baltic pipeline construction

Dec. 5, 2020 12:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pipe-laying ship sailed into position Saturday to resume construction of a German-Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea that the United States has vehemently opposed. The Akademik Cherskiy vessel reached the area off the coast of Poland where a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline...

2 Danish brothers convicted of biracial man's island murder

Dec. 1, 2020 10:03 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Denmark on Tuesday sentenced two brothers to 14 years in prison each for the murder of a biracial man on a Danish island in June, which had sparked a debate about racism. But the prosecution said there was insufficient evidence of a racist motive in the killing, which...